Federal Spectrum Incentive Bill Proffered
Agencies that hand over spectrum would be compensated
December 10, 2013
— The House
will consider a bill to compensate federal agencies for relinquishing spectrum,
according to Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the Communications and
Technology Subcommittee. The bill was authored by Reps. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.)
and Doris Matsui (R-Calif.) to provide an incentive for federal agencies to
turn spectrum over for auction to commercial users.
provides for compensating agencies from net auction proceeds rather
than simply covering relocation costs. It also directs the National
Telecommunications and Information Administration to create a transition
roadmap for agencies that either stop using spectrum or elect to share
frequencies with other users. The agencies must use the NTIA roadmap to submit
their spectrum proposals eight months before the commencement of applicable
and Matsui are co-chairs of the subcommittee’s Federal Spectrum Working Group,
formed in April 2012 to get government-occupied spectrum into the marketplace.
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